My dad would say this if I helped myself to something with out offering him any. Such as a cup of coffee. Is this an English phrase?


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A similar phrase was "I'm on the bus ding, ding". Explanation - On a bus in the 1950s and before passengers, or the bus conductor, pressed the bell once to stop it and twice to tell the driver to proceed. The phrase therefore meant you rang as you were on the bus so it could set off even if there were others behind you wanting to get on. In other words 'I'm OK but hard luck to those behind as I don't care for your predicament'. Therefore not that dissimilar to 'I'm alright Jack!'.

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    I confirm from personal experience that the same practice was followed on trams in Melbourne (Australia) until conductors were phased out in the 1990s.
    – Peter
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 10:45
  • Here's an example on Mumsnet (with explanation).
    – Laurel
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 11:22
  • So in OP's example, dad is putting words into Ceri's mouth, showing his (then) selfish attitude. Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 13:35

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